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This T. C. Booth coloured postcard we are unable to date, having been used, but with stamp (and postmark removed) we estimated it being from the first decade of the twentieth century. It has however suffered in time, being now slightly ‘battered’ at the corners, but still with lovely views.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Library and Hall Grounds 1964

This aerial view of the Library was produced by Skyviews & General Ltd, Leeds; for the North Riding Council. Supplied 14th October 1964, very shortly after the Library was opened.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Loftus Co-operative Stores

The Co-operative Stores at Loftus; with separate departments for Butchers, Clothes, Shoes, Food, Furniture, etc. Later with branches at Staithes, Carlin How, Brotton and Castleton; it later became the East Cleveland Co-operative. with a bank upstairs. The wheelbarrow outside the butchers department containing sheepskins, suggests the Co-op had its own slaughter-house. Maurice Dower tells us: “The butchers did indeed have a slaughter-house. I had a part-time weekend job delivering orders on a Saturday on a conventional butchers bike with the big basket in the front. During a school holiday in 1958 I also helped out in the slaughter-house, not with the slaughter but the clearing up and processing. I wish I could remember all the characters from that time. Harry (?) was the manager, Danny Plews worked there along with a couple more, one of who was an outgoing man from Staithes, Names escape me must be an age thing. The toilets at the back were well inscribed with lewd graffiti of which Tom Cole was a recipient. Tom worked in the drapery dept. Some happy memories of the camaraderie there.” Keith Cook has updated with: ” I think the manager was Harry Waite. I worked in the grocery warehouse from July 1958 to January 1959 and he was manager then.” John Wilson believes: “the manager of the butchers was Harry Bainbridge.”
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett and many thanks to Maurice Dower, Keith Cook and John Wilson for the updates.

Zetland Road Loftus 1905

Zetland Road Loftus 1905

The south side of Zetland road Loftus, about 1905, complete with assembled participants in this postcard view. A Wm. Richardson & Sons, Loftus, Penny Real Photo Series image.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Zetland Road 1906

Zetland Road 1906

Dating of this image can be very definite. George Hebditch (building contractor) moved to Loftus in 1906. He first built the Congregational church at the bottom of Westfield Terrace. The church is clearly visible in the image with the scaffolding still in place and the outdoor pulpit not yet constructed. Researches have produced the following detail: ”In October 1904, a start was made to raise funds for a new building on a prominent site in the centre of the town. Foundation stones were laid in April, 1906 and opened for public worship on December 6th 1906. The total cost of the premises was £2,100, of all but £600 had been raised by June 1907”.
Image courtesy of Mike & Carol; additional dating information courtesy of postcard ”Congregational Church and Minister, Loftus in Cleveland”.

Wilkinson’s Store, North Road

Wilkinson’s store, on the corner of North road and Cleveland Street Loftus. Prominent on the photograph is Isaac Robinson of Loftus Foundry; who lived opposite the shop at Robinson terrace. His trademark white topper is seen on many early 20th century images of Loftus. This from a postcard view produced by T C Booth.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett, thanks to George Trow for the update.

Cleveland Street Loftus

Cleveland Street Loftus

Cleveland street, Loftus. early 20th century, the well worn steps suggest the sandstone houses have been around for a considerable time, when were they built?. The gas lamp is a fine piece of street furniture.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Loftus War Memorial 1922

Loftus War Memorial 1922

Loftus war Memorial, construction almost complete ready for dedication, some shuttering remains on the left behind which can be seen the entrance through the building to the Catholic church.
Image courtesy of Olive Bennett.

Market Place Loftus

Market Place Loftus

Another postcard view believed to be of a market being set up in the Market Place. Judging by the vegetation either late or very early in the year, certainly not high summer.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Dobson.

Loftus Market Place again

Loftus Market Place again

Another view of the Market place with Riley’s emporium, Cammell’s shop, William Maxwell Race’s premises followed by the Golden Lion Hotel. The parked vehicles not having to obey the more ordered parking arrangements of today.
Image courtesy of Keith Bennison, Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.